Monday, February 7, 2011

Pirates Life (PTU) Tutorial

Pirates Life - Dianna

This tutorial was written by Dianna Richards of Digicats (and Dogs)/Di Before Dawn Tutorials. Any resemblance to any other tutorial, published or unpublished, living, dead or undead, is purely coincidental.

Please do not rebroadcast, redistribute or otherwise claim this tutorial or any part there of as your own work.

Items you will need to complete this project:

The Pirates Life taggers kit by Nette's Nightowl Works which is a PTU kit available at Butterfly Blush Designs.

Tube of choice. I am using Pirate2, by Eugene Rhevskii. You must have a license to use this tube, which is available at Pics for

Mask of choice. I am using the Grunge74 mask by Nik's Scripts & Scraps which is part of her PSP Masks Mega Pack.

Font(s) and/or alpha of choice. I am using Century Gothic which is a windows system font. If you do not have it, you can download it HERE.

I am also using the Black Epoxy alpha by Marie Stones. This is a FTU alpha that may be downloaded at Free Digital

Note that H# and V# refer to horizontal and vertical coordinates on your canvas ruler grid. Make sure you have View -> Rulers checked in order to see the ruler grid.

When I say "Add to your canvas" I expect that you will copy and paste it as a new layer, unless otherwise stated in the tutorial.

This tutorial assumes you have a working knowledge of PSP. It was written using PSP X3, but should work in PSP 8 and up.

To begin, open a new raster layer canvas, 800 x 800 pxl, flood fill white.

Open paper of choice, I am using nnw pirate collab paper10. Resize to 800 x 800 pixels. Layers -> Load/Save Mask -> Load Mask from Disk and load mask of choice. I am using Grunge74 by Nik's Scripts and Scraps. Make sure the fit to canvas box is checked, then click on load.

Edit -> Copy Special -> Copy Merged and add paper to main canvas, centered.

Open Bottlecap3. Using your magic wand, click anywhere outside the bottle cap to select, then go to Selections -> Invert.

Selections -> Modify -> Contract -> 75 Pixels. Press the delete key.

Selections -> Select none.

Resize to 85%. Copy your bottlecap frame and add to main canvas, centered.

Open tube of choice. I am using Pirate2 by Eugene Rzhevskii. Using your selection tool, copy the top 3/5 of the tube and add to main canvas, centered.

ON the layers pallet, right click on your bottle cap frame and duplicate. Right click on the frame copy, Copy of Raster 2 and go to Arrange -> Bring to Top.

With your selection tool set to rectangle, replace, select the top half the frame copy and delete.

Selections -> Select none.

Open nnw pirate collab sword and add to main canvas, centered at H400, V600.

Open nnw pirate collab treasure and resize to 200%. On the layers pallet, click on Raster 1, the paper layer, to activate, then add the pirate treasure to your main canvas, centered.

set the opacity level for the treasure to 75%. Return to top layer.

Open nnw pirate collab anchor and resize to 75%. Add to main canvas centered at H600, V550.

Open nnw pirate collab skull and resize to 25%. Add to main canvas, centered at H550, V600.

Open nnw pirate collab sign and resize to 75%. Click on the frame layer copy, Copy of Raster 2 to active, and add to main canvas, centered at H150, V550. Image -> Free Rotate - > Rotate left, 17%.

Return to top layer.

On the material pallet, set your foreground color to transparent and your background layer to black #000000. Using font of choice add copyright information to the tag. For the Pirate2 tube that information is:

©Eugene Rzhevskii Your PFD_License#

I am using Century Gothic, 4 points, bold and centered and have located my credits centered at H400, V75. I also added the background credits and tagged by information at this point.

Using the following settings, add a white drop shadow to your text: Offsets of 3 each, opacity of 100%, blur of 5, color #ffffff. Repeat using offsets of -3 each, leaving all other info the same.

Starting with the treasure layer on your layers pallet and working upward, add a drop shadow to each of the elements on your main canvas except the Frame layer copy, Copy of Raster 2, and the background credits. I am using offsets, vertical and horizontal of 5 each, opacity of 75, blur of 15 and color black (#000000).

You can now save the artist's copy of your tag as a .pspimage.

Using font or alpha of choice add desired name to tag. I am using the Black Epoxy alpha by Marie Stone. I have located my name at H300, V600 and have added to a drop shadow ot the name similar to the one used on the credits (Offsets of 3 each, opacity of 100%, blur of 5, color #ffffff).

Drop the white background layer and merge visible. Resize to 75% (600 x 600 pixels) and save as a .png file and you are all done.

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial. If you should have a problem, please feel free to E-Mail Me and I'll be happy to help you out.

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